September 21st, 2008
11:04 PM ET

Stewart and Colbert raise spirits

Finally some action in the Emmy press room! It’s been slow here … only a few winners had come backstage, perhaps because it’s such a long walk between the Nokia Theatre and the tent where the media is assembled.

But Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert just injected some life back here, mercifully.

Stewart, who won for Variety, Music or Comedy Series for the New York-based “Daily Show," joked “It’s always great to win. It’s a long flight out here.”

I must say, Colbert, who won as part of the writing team on “The Colbert Report," was funnier than Stewart. He was asked whether it was tough competing with Stewart, who in effect was his boss when Colbert was a “Daily Show” correspondent. His response: “I’ve been gunning for [Stewart] for years. Even when I worked for him I did not wish him well.”

He was also asked who he would cast to play John McCain and Sarah Palin (the questions in the press room are not necessarily very smart) and he recommended Don Rickles as McCain. As for Palin, Colbert said he could play her “because I too have absolutely no business being vice president.” Ouch! And that’s coming from a (faux) conservative commentator.

- Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer

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  1. Colbert is MORE qualified than Palin

    These guys are the best part of tv. I cannot stand Letterman or Conan, and I hate CNN commentators, but Stewart and Colbert are FUNNY!

    Colbert really would do a better job than Palin would, as he seems to be able to speak in coherent sentences. As a woman that stands up for womens rights I can tell you there is little support for Palin in my circles. She is bad for womens rights and I would be ashamed to have her int he white house.

    October 3, 2008 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hooked on Phonics didn't work for joe22

    Dear joe22:

    The next time you wish to insult someone, please use your spell check function. "Discusting" is spelled disgusting.

    P.S. Any woman who does not support Roe vs. Wade has not done the Women's Rights Movement proud. She is trying to set it back another 35 years.


    A woman who does not support Palin just because she has ovaries

    October 3, 2008 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scott Northwood Ohio

    These guys put a fun twist on news. Everything that regular news shows take too seriously they have fun with. If you are smart enough you can pick up on real bits and pieces of news too. No everything they say is not based in reality but it is better than being depressed about everything.

    September 26, 2008 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris Frye

    i think colberts a joke

    September 25, 2008 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jan

    Colbert and Stewart are telling us the news while making us laugh. They aren't making this stuff up, just presenting it with a twist! They can pass along (with humor) what the press is afraid to touch and it gets replayed over and over. So, if you are a candidate and you say something stupid or tell an outright lie, be prepared to deal with it. CNN is doing a wonderful job with factcheck but I would bet far more are watching Colbert and Stewart. Thanks guys for keeping us informed and for the laughs!

    September 24, 2008 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. joe22

    And this isnt aimed at stephen of john. They're great and do it with class in my opinion.

    September 23, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe22

    I love how actors and actresses like Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Matt Damon are our political beacons. They're simply a bunch of ignorant celebraties who recite what they here via Keith Olberman or Michael Moore. I don't know why its become hip to insult someone who has done the woman's rights movement proud and has stood behind a daughter who made an awful mistake like many young teenagers do. Quite frankly its discusting. I respect Barack Obama but some of the people who support him act more like a poison than a well respected Obama supporter. Many democrats cringe when they here these comments because they know how wrong they really are. I hate political correctness and being overly sensitive but Sarah Palin and Hiliary Clinton have been victims of sexism throught this election. especially suck.

    September 23, 2008 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wendi Simons

    All the news I need to know comes from Steven Colbert and Jon Stewart. Without a doubt the funniest, smartest people on television. If it weren't for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report there would be nothing worth watching but The Dog Whisperer.
    Like Laugh-In and The Smothers Brothers before them, they let us in on the foibles and follies of all politics and government. They deserve every honor bestowed upon them, many times over.

    September 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    My god. Couldn't have said it better myself.

    September 23, 2008 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stephanie

    Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are absolutely the two funniest men on television. We have cable just for them. Umm, can Stephen or Jon, or even Ricky Gervais host the Emmy's next year, seriously? They are absolutely brilliant. And I would vote for Stephen Colbert for Vice President if he was running.

    September 23, 2008 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. vince

    I would like to see Colbert aim his sites a little higher like CNN. I,m sure it would stir the pot ... and make us smile a little bit more .

    September 23, 2008 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. kidess

    Amen Stephen! Say it twice!

    September 22, 2008 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |

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